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Isabel Benham was the first woman to become a partner at a Wall Street bond firm, but it wasn't easy. When she graduated from Bryn Mawr with a degree in economics in 1931, a dean at the school gave her some advice on how to get a job in the financial industry: Learn to type. Others were more dismissive. "Go home to mother, join the Junior League, get married and live happily ever after," she recalled them saying.
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Fifty years ago this month, The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan was published. Even the husband she divorced conceded that Betty "almost single-handedly changed the course of human history. It took a driven, super-aggressive, egocentric, almost lunatic dynamo to rock the world the way she did."
Words may strive to appeal to the logical portion of our minds. But the images captured by photojournalists - from Robert Capa's photos of heroic GIs struggling to reach shore on D-Day to UPI photographer Johnny Jenkins's outrage-provoking photo of African American high school student Elizabeth Eckford being harassed by a mob in Little Rock in 1957 - often take hold of our hearts and reach us on a more primal emotional level.
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